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New York Mountain Road
Cedar Canyon Road east to Caruthers Canyon Road
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New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road
Cedar Canyon Rd at New York Mtn Road (view E)

Overview

New York Mountain Road is a graded dirt road in California that connects Ivanpah Road with Cedar Canyon Road in the Mojave National Preserve. The road can be a bit sandy and washed out.

This road provides access to north-central portions of the Mojave National Preserve, and in particular it is used for access to the Caruthers Canyon recreational sites in the New York Mountains.

Link to map.

New York Mountain Road

Watch Out

Other than the standard warnings about the desert, ... the east half of this road is safe and should be passable out to Caruthers Canyon Road in a sedan, but it is not as well maintained as the main dirt roads in the area (e.g., Ivanpah Road and Cedar Canyon Road). The west half of the road is not suitable for sedans, but there are no unusual hazards, and under normal conditions, it should be passable in a 2WD-HC vehicle.

While out in the desert, please respect the land and the other people out there, and try to Leave No Trace of your passage. Also, the area is remote, so be sure to bring the 10 Essentials.

 

New York Mountain Road

Getting to the Road

This road is located in California, about 2 hours south of Las Vegas. From town, drive out to Mojave National Preserve and Cedar Canyon Road. From the paved Kelso-Cima road, drive east on Cedar Canyon Road for 11.2 miles to a T-intersection with New York Mountain Road (Table 1, Site 1450), on the left.

This point can also be reached by driving south into the preserve on Ivanpah Road to Cedar Canyon Road, then driving west on Cedar Canyon Road to New York Mountain Road.

New York Mountain Road
Broad, sandy wash (view NE)

The Road

Overall, from Cedar Canyon Road (Site 1450), New York Mountain Road runs north, then east 12.5 miles to a T-intersection with Ivanpah Road, but there are many details and a few bumps along the way.

Departing Cedar Canyon Road, New York Mountain Road runs northeast to cross a broad, sandy wash that can be a bit washed out. Climbing out the other side of the wash, the road-base firms and remains firm with few concerns for several miles.

The road climbs the slopes generally heading north, then bends a bit to the left to touch the east base of Pinto Mountain, and at about 2.5 miles out, passes a T-intersection to the left.

New York Mountain Road

Following the fence line, the road continues north to a fork 3.5 miles out. Turning away from the fence, the road bends right and descends off the hill into the wash below, still heading north. In the bottom of the wash, only 0.1 miles beyond the fork, a T-intersection (Site 1479) appears out of the thick brush on the right.

Turning right, New York Mountain Road runs east, then northeast to pass Martin Pond, which can be dry. A short distance farther, at about 4.3 miles out, New York Mountain Road merges with a road that comes in from the left (Site 1480). Together, the two roads run east.

New York Mountain Road runs east, passing a faint 4-way intersection (4.8 miles out) to wind through low hills and bend to the north (5.2 miles out) at another faint side road.

New York Mountain Road

New York Mountain Road runs north for another half-mile, then bends east and passes another 4-way intersection with a faint road (5.6 miles out). This road and the next few lead to campsites among rock piles on both sides of the road. Although there are several faint side roads, the main road always is obvious.

After winding through the rocky outcrops, New York Mountain Road runs out into open desert heading east and arrives at 4-way intersection with a major road, which is Caruthers Canyon Road (Site 1260; 6.8 miles out).

At this point, drivers can turn left and head north into Caruthers Canyon, turn south and return to Cedar Canyon Road, or continue straight on New York Mountain Road another 5.7 miles to Ivanpah Road.

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New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road
Base of Pinto Mountain, on the left (view NW)
New York Mountain Road
Road passes a T-intersection on the left (view W)
New York Mountain Road
Road continues north ...
New York Mountain Road
... to a fork in the road
New York Mountain Road
Road turns right (view N)
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Road merges with another road (view E)
New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road
Road merges with another road (view E)
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Faint side roads
New York Mountain Road
New York Mountain Road at Caruthers Canyon Road (view E)

Table 1. Highway Coordinates Based on GPS Data (NAD27; UTM Zone 11S). Download Highway GPS Waypoints (*.gpx) file.

Site Location UTM Easting UTM Northing Latitude (N) Longitude (W) Elevation (ft) Verified
1450 Cedar Cyn Rd at NY Mts Rd 651960 3891546 35.15714 115.33163 4,811 GPS
1479 NY Mtn Road at Turn 650971 3896836 35.20497 115.34152 5,206 GPS
1480 NY Mtn Rd at Fork 651924 3897214 35.20824 115.33099 5,290 GPS
1260 NY Mts Rd at Caruthers Rd 655000 3898274 35.21732 115.29701 5,397 Yes

Happy Hiking! All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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